Measuring Your Windows For Shutters in Minneapolis

George Christ

Plantation shutters in Minneapolis are typically priced on a square foot basis, so to get an approximate measurement for a price estimate, simply measure your window width and length, to the nearest eighth of an inch.

Minneapolis shutter installation window measurement

For Minneapolis residents who are DIYers, we’ll teach you the simplest way to measure your windows to be fitted for plantation shutters.

Measuring Square & Rectangular Windows for Shutters

Regular square windows sound like they’d be the easiest type of window to measure – and they are, at least compared to other window shapes. But you still have an entire process to go through to get measurements. Here’s the process.

Tools Needed:

  • Metal tape measure

  • Pen and paper

First, measure the width (the left-to-right distance). Take a measurement across in three separate spots: close to the center, close to the top, and near the bottom of the window. Record all of them, rounding to the closest eighth of an inch. Next, measure the height (vertical) – get three measurements, one in the middle, and one close to either edge of your window like seen in this illustration.

Minneapolis plantation shutter measurement diagram

Why do you need to measure three times each? Simply because no window is a truly perfect square. And depending on what kind of mount your shutters will need, you may either need to record the smallest measurement (for an inside mount), or the largest measurement (for an outside mount). Getting measurements in multiple places helps make sure you’re covered for every options.

How to Measure Unique Shape Windows for Shutters

Windows that aren’t rectangular are where measuring can become extremely tricky. Just as there’s no perfect square window, there’s no perfect arch or octagonal window – and that means that even if you get perfect measurements, you could still have issues. To really get the best results, get measurements taken by a professional (which our team is happy to provide absolutely free). Other than that, these are the steps to measure most types of specialty windows for shutters.

How to Measure Rounded and Arch Windows

Start by measuring the width of the window at the flat side. Measuring only the window opening, record to the closest eighth of an inch the width of the arch. For the length, locate the window’s midpoint by dividing the width distance in half, then measure to the top of the window from that spot. Again, write it down to the nearest eighth of an inch.

How to Measure Elongated Arch Windows for Shutters

Elongated arch windows are almost like a cross between a square window and a circular window, with a flat, wide bottom and straight “legs,” but with rounded corners at the top and a higher arch. So attack it like that: an arch and a rectangle mashed together. Get the width measurement just like you would a normal arched window, then take a measurement of the height of the legs (the straight vertical parts before the window curves). Last, find the maximum length of the window from the center, subtracting the leg height. Again, write down all of these to the closest eighth of an inch.

How to Measure Octagon and Circular Windows

Full circle and octagon windows are some of the trickiest to get measurements for, because there can be so many tiny aspects that can change the dimensions of the shutters your window may need. We strongly recommend leaving these types of windows to a professional.

For circular and octagonal windows and for any others you don’t want to do yourself, or just to save yourself some headache, call Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis. We’d love to take your window measurements for free during your in-home window treatment consultation. Just call 952-856-8130 or complete the contact form below to begin.